Step 5: Exfoliate
Although this is something you do partially when you shave, you should lightly exfoliate your entire face to help boost collagen production, which will make your skin look younger.
No, it does not make you less of a man. Gross recommends using daily peels in lieu of grainy scrubs or masks because they’re more gentle on skin. Try Alpha Beta Daily Face Pee. ($53 @ Amazon.com). Use the peel once a day at night or before shaving in the morning to prevent irritation.
Step 6: Moisturize
After shaving, moisturize your skin to soothe it and keep it hydrated.
Look for products that contain ingredients like “green tea extract (nature’s cortisone), hyaluronic acid, essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic acids),” says Gross. They will calm any post-shaving irritation and help fight signs of aging.
At night, use a different moisturizer that contains peptides or retinol to kick your anti-aging program into high gear. Try L’Oreal Paris Men’s Expert Vita Lift Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Moisturizer ($10.50 @ Amazon.com).
You will like the way it feels. But you don’t have to tell anyone.
Apply SPF 30 after your moisturizer daily (or use a moisturizer that contains SPF like Olay Complete SPF 30 Defense ($12 @ Amazon.com). If you use a sunblock that also contains green tea and vitamin C (like Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Powerful Sun Protection SPF 30 Towelettes, $18), you’ll get additional protection from environmental toxins found in pollution.
Your other option: never leave the house. But then who will see your beautiful skin?
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